Providence firefighters investigating two fires

Firefighters battled a fire at the intersection of Smith Street and Chalkstone Avenue in Providence Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Richard McCaffrey)

Fire officials in Providence are investigating two fires that happened within hours of, and less than half a mile from, each other.

The later fire was 754 Valley Street where seven people were left without a place to live.

The fire broke out about 1am Saturday when crews found heavy fire coming from the third floor of the triple decker, and were able to knock down the flames pretty quickly.

The third floor tenant who didn’t want to be identified, spoke with NBC10.

"We lost everything, I have nothing, nothing, nothing," said the resident, who said he woke up to an orange glow in his kitchen that quickly spread to his living room.

He grabbed his girlfriend and ran out of the apartment, while alerting other residents to the fire.

"They woke up because of me banging on doors saying the house is on fire," he said.

One firefighter was injured battling the blaze.

"We had a firefighter, member, an officer step through a hole in the floor, sustained a leg injury," said Battalion Chief Brian Mahoney.

Hours earlier, around 9pm Friday, Providence firefighters responded to a fire at 627 Chalkstone Avenue.

Battalion Chief Jeffrey Varone told NBC10 was vacant and had no electricity running to it, though it appeared there may have been squatters staying there.

A firefighter was also hurt battling this fire after falling and injuring his shoulder.

Both firefighters were treated and released from the hospital and both fires remain under investigation.

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